Twitter Responds To Trump’s Latest Despicable Twitter Tantrum

Trump’s latest assholishness is a betrayal to all Americans.

Trump’s never-ending war on athletes hit a new low on Monday as he lashed out at the three UCLA basketball players recently released from China for shoplifting, tweeting that he “should have left them in jail.”



“Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal,” Trump tweeted, adding: “I should have left them in jail!”

Trump followed up six hours later tweeting: “Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!”

The Guardian reported that: Trump “lashed out at LaVar Ball, the father of one of the arrested players, for questioning how instrumental the president was in resolving the incident.”

Asked on ESPN Friday about Trump’s role in getting his son and two other players home, Ball said, “Who?”

“What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out,” Ball said.

Although LaVar Ball said that he was happy with the way things turned out, he added that the concern over shoplifting was exaggerated:

As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine. I’m happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, ‘They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.’ I’m from L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses.

Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things and they get stuck on them too long. That’s not me. I handle what’s going on and then we go from there.



White House Director of Social Media, Dan Scavino, fired back at LaVar Ball on his personal Twitter account the following day, tweeting: “Wannabe @Lakers coach, BIG MOUTH @Lavarbigballer knows if it weren’t for President @realDonaldTrump, his son would be in China for a long, long, long time!”

Twitter was swift to respond to Trump’s Twitter tantrum. Below are a few examples, followed by some background on the arrest of the three UCLA players.

Reporting on Trump’s attack on players, The Independent provided the following background to the incident:

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested in China earlier this month for shoplifting sunglasses before the  University of California, Los Angeles  (UCLA) season opener in Shanghai. They were released last week after the situation was “resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities,” according to Larry Scott, commissioner of the Pacific-12 athletic conference.

Mr Trump claimed he personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping for his help in the case. On Wednesday, the day after the players were released, he tweeted: “Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!”

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